By Louis Gossett Jr., Phyllis Karas
Award-winning African American actor Lou Gossett Jr. takes an unvarnished examine the daunting demanding situations and superb triumphs of his fifty-five 12 months careerLouis Gossett Jr. is among the most useful African American degree and monitor actors, who rose to status along with his Emmy-winning function within the tv miniseries Roots and Oscar-winning functionality in An Officer and a Gentleman. Now he tells the tale of his fifty-plus years within the leisure world—from his early good fortune at the big apple degree showing with Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier in A Raisin within the sunlight, via his lengthy Hollywood occupation operating along numerous stars, together with Marilyn Monroe and Dennis Quaid. He writes frankly of his fight to get best roles and reasonable pay as a black guy in Hollywood, his issues of medications and alcohol that took years to beat, and his present paintings to eliminate racism and violence and provides our kids a greater future.Includes revealing tales and recollections regarding recognized performers, together with Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, Shirley sales space, Sammy Davis Jr., Steve McQueen, Richard Gere, Maggie Smith, Halle Berry, and Gena RowlandsSpans part a century of yankee theater and movie background, humans, and performancesHighlights the matter of racism in Hollywood and the demanding situations confronted via African American actors from the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties onwardAn Actor and a Gentleman penetrates the fame glitz and glamour to provide a decent, heartfelt portrayal of the African American adventure either in Hollywood and the recent York theater global, as instructed through one of many nation's such a lot enduring and hugely esteemed actors.
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His crowning achievement as a farmer came with the fourteenpound, award-winning beefsteak tomato he grew. My father’s second passion was ﬁshing. Each summer, he and his best buddy, Georgie Terra, caught enough mackerel in Sheepshead Bay to last us all winter long. He salted it in the European manner of preserving ﬁsh and then, when we were ready to use it, let it desalt in the sink. When it came time for his summer vacation, my father headed to Athens, Georgia, to the 148-acre watermelon farm of my mother’s Uncle Guvnor.
Somehow, it was safe to get drunk with the family, in their own homes, as long as all of the women and children were safe and, at that moment, taken care of and well-fed. I watched, heartsick, as the men hit one another or their wives, and one by one they stumbled out the door, barely able to ﬁnd their way home. These were the same men who had taught me how to play ball, who had tickled and kissed me and taught me so much about sports and life. They were largerthan-life heroes to me, yet I saw each one disintegrate into a drunk before my eyes, often in my bedroom, which was now ﬁlled with empty bottles.
Somehow, they managed to see my marks before my own mother did. “Mrs. Gossett,” they would tell her the minute she got home from cleaning her last house, “look at your son’s spelling test. He got a C. ” The worst thing to happen to any of us was a note sent home from our teacher. If you got one of those, there would be hell to pay. I learned early to do whatever it took to make sure I didn’t get one of those notes. 31 an actor and a gentleman The athletic prowess of the kids I grew up with was legendary.